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Peer Exchange Roundtable on Drought Resilient Agriculture with Delegations from Government of Ethiopia 30th January 2020, New Delhi

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), in collaboration with Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), organized a Peer Exchange Roundtable on Drought Resilient Agriculture on 30 January 2020, New Delhi as a part of the progarmme on knowledge exchange visit for officials of Government of Ethiopia to learn good practices on climate and disaster resilient agriculture. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta, NIDM and inaugurated by Dr. Anil. Kumar Singh, Secretary, National Academy of Agricultural Sceinces, Dr. Shibendu Shankar Ray, Director, Mahalanobis National Crop Forecasting Centre and Lt. Col. Dinesh Chander Vashista, Joint Director, NIDM in the presence of eminent representatives from India Meteorological De, ICRA-CRIDA, MNCFC, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Indian Agricultural Research Institute. The Ehtiopian delegations gave three presentations highlighting the scenario of agriculture, livestock and early warning monitoring in Ethiopia. They also shared a presentation on the insights from Karnataka Peer Learning Visit. The roundtable was chaired by Dr. Anil Kumar Singh and other participants from national agencies like Dr. K. K. Singh, Dr. S.D. Attri from IMD, Dr. Pawan Kumar from NDMA, Dr. Pradip Kumar Saha from Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Dr. J.V. N. S. Prasad from ICAR-CRIDA, Dr. Salini Saxena from MNCFC, etc. The participants discussed on early warning system, drought declaration, crop insurance programmes, etc. The speakers highlighted about the India’s initiatives for drought resilient agriculture. The valedictory ceremony was attended by Dr. Tizita Murugeta, Ambassador, Embassy of Ethiopia in India, Dr. Neena Malhotra, Additional Secretary (East and Southern Africa), and Ministry of External Affairs and gave their remarks. Dr. Tizita Muruguta expressed her gratitude for inviting in such a programme. She insisted that such programme should be organized for different other countries since drought is one major challenge that most of the country is facing. She congratulated the organizers for creating such a platform for the Ethiopian delegations where they can showcase the problems they are facing and also where they can learn from India on how to tackle drought. Dr. Neena Malhotra highlighted about the scenario of Indian agriculture and about the schemes, policies and initiatives towards resilient agriculture. She stressed on the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna and Rainfed Area Development Progarmme of the MoAFW. The programme ended with exchange of mementoes between the Ethiopian delegations and Indian officials and vote of thanks from Dr. Sanayanbi Hodam.

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Peer-learning and Knowledge Exchange Visit on Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in India for Delegation from Government of Ethiopia, 27th -29th January 2020, Karnataka

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), in collaboration with Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), organized a knowledge exchange visit for officials of Government of Ethiopia to learn good practices on climate and disaster resilient agriculture on 27-29th January 2020 in Karnataka and on 30th January 2020 in New Delhi. In Karnataka, the 3 days programme was coordinated by Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC). The programme was participated by 41 delegates including 6 Ethiopian delegates and delegations from Bihar Givernment. Day 1 was on briefing and introductory session by NIDM and ADPC which included presentations from KSNDMC, Watershed Development Department, Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Department of Animal Husbandry and Department of E-Governance, GoK. Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta, NIDM, Dr. Srinivasa Reddy, Director, KSNDMC and Joint Secretary of Disaster Management Department of Bihar chaired the inaugural programme. Dr. Mona gave an introductory note about ADPC and the programme and Prof. Anil Kumar Gupta gave the welcome address and highlighted the role of NIDM and also about the importance of such per learning exchange porgramme. Dr. Srinivasa Reddy, Director of KSNDMC presented on Disaster Monitoring and Early Warning System in Karnataka; Dr. Anthony, Additional Director, Department of Agriculture, GoK presented on the agriculture scenario of Karnataka; Joint Director of Department of Horticulture presented on innovations and prospects of Horticulure; Dr. Manjunath S. Palegar, Additional Director of Animal Husbandry Department presented on best practices adopted towards climate and disaster resilient. Day 2 was visit to Hebbur Sub-Watershed in Tumakuru District of Karnataka which is under Sujala-III project and visit to climate resilient village which is also in Tumakuru District in D. Nagenahalli, Koratagere Taluk. The visit was coordinated by Watershed Development Department Team of Government of Karnataka. Different types of water and soil conservation structures like trenching cum bunding, percolation tanks, dug out ponds. Gokata, telemetric weather stations were shown and demonstrated. Day 3 was visit to Indian Institute Horticulture Research (IIHR) where the participants were taken to entomology, pathology and molecular lab and also to the experimental fields of the Institute. The programme concluded with experience sharing and debriefing programme in KSNDMC.

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NIDM and CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) Signs Memorandum of Understanding on 16th January 2020, New Delhi

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 16th January 2020 between CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and NIDM (National Institute of Disaster Management) for cooperation in developing the “Crisis Management Plan and allied Capacity Building Endeavor to Deal with Contamination of Water Bodies”, under a designated process framework. The plan would cover all the phases of crisis management, preparedness, warning, detection & assessment, protection & mitigation, response and situation management, restoration and recovery, along with plan for capacity building and financial strategies and would be part of the Disaster management Plan of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India.

Consultative workshop on Capacity Building for Animal inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (AiDRR) on 9th January 2020 at The Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) organised a consultative workshop on Capacity Building for Animal inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (AiDRR) on 9th January, 2020 at The Ambassador Hotel, New Delhi. The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. V.K. Sharma, Shri Upmanyu Basu, JS, DoAHD, Ms. Bharati, IG Forests, MoEF&CC Maj. Gen. Manoj Kumar Bindal, ED, NIDM. The workshop was attended by nearly 100 participants from different organizations like Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Department of Animal Husbandry, Central Zoo Authority, Zoological Survey of India, Wildlife Institute of India, WTI, GIZ, Veterinary experts from different states etc. Objective of this workshop was to brainstorm on the existing negligence of animals during disasters, issues pertaining to the look-after and take-care of the Animals during disasters, to study the existing policies in this regard, identify gap areas and to arrive at a framework for an effective Disaster Risk Reduction mechanism for Animals during disasters. Topics like Animal Care with reference to Human Health (Zoonosis), Understanding the Impact of Forest fire on Fauna Resources for conservation and management, Harnessing the potential of local networks to achieve DRR for animals, Zoo Specific DM Planning were discussed. The valedictory session was chaired by Dr. S. P. Yadav, Member Secretary, CZA and Dr. Kailash Chandra, Director, ZSI. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Anil K. Gupta and Shri Ashish K. Panda.

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